Bulletin / Prayer List 12-4-16

Prayer List
Mark Morris still needs our prayers.
Brenda Williams, A.C. Quinn’s daughter is home recovering from a heart attack.
Don Boyd’s cancer has returned.

Andy LeDane, Eddie Griffin, James and Florene Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Don Hickerson, Lester and Billie Phillips, Dan Tucker, Mary Jean Turner, Armanda family, Jack and Diane Arnold, Betty Clark, Doris James, Gary Hickerson, Bobbie King, Dan LeDane, Carol Moore, Beryl Miller, Dean and Della Price, and Terry Turner.

Serving in the military: 
Dakota Smitherman has been deployed to Afghanistan. 
Travis Counts has been deployed to Kuwait.
Faith Balzen is in California. 
Cody Blomstedt is in El Paso, Texas.

Let us pray for our country and government leaders and those who are in harms way, military and civilian personnel.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…

Pantry Item: Microwave Popcorn

The Men’s Business Meeting is next Sunday Dec. 11 after evening worship services. All men are invited and encourage too attend.

Dec 11th Prayers: Morning: Butch Balzen – Barry Cox
Evening: Jerry Harris – Charles Counts
Scriptures: Greg Counts
Not Saved By Faith Only
By Louis Rushmore

Several related responses to the Gospel work together to save a soul. For example, when an honest person hears the Word of God, he believes it, repents of sins, confesses that Jesus is the Son of God and is baptized. These responses in this order are God’s plan for saving a soul and are recorded in the New Testament. 
 Though one cannot do enough to earn salvation, our loving God has promised to save a soul from his past sins when he sincerely makes these responses. But, sometimes a person chooses one of these responses and ignores the rest. Often belief (faith) is the single response chosen. However, God has not promised to forgive the sins of a person whom only believes or has faith only. No single response alone will result in salvation. God clearly stated in the Book of James that a person is saved “not by faith only” (James 2:24). Part of Jesus Christ’s charge to take the Gospel to the world plainly shows that several responses, in this case belief (faith) and baptism, work together and result in salvation.

And He said to them, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believeth and is baptized will be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned,” (Mark 16:15-16).

If you are an honest person and desire forgiveness of sins, when you understand the Gospel, you will believe it, repent of sins, confess Jesus and be baptized. An honest person who understands the Gospel responses which God expects of him or her will not expect faith only to save. Dear reader, are you truly saved?
He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him---the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak,” (John 12:48-50).

We need to understand, it is not what you believe, it is what God says. It is one’s own responsibility to know what their obedience is to God.